Autism Program for Children Under Age 6 (Reach ABA)
What is the REACH ABA Autism Program?
The Reach ABA program is for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in Delta, Surrey or Langley. It is a skill-building program that uses Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to teach young children with autism new skills in the areas of communication, cognition/academics, play/social skills, fine motor skills and self-help. An individualized behaviour plan of intervention, covering all child development domains, will be developed by a behaviour consultant and, if desired, a speech-language pathologist and/or occupational therapist. Children participate in 8-10 hours of intervention weekly with a behaviour interventionist in their home or at a REACH centre. Behaviour interventionists are trained and supervised by a team of professionals. Other services include consultation and training from a Behaviour Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. Teams include trained and supervised Behaviour Interventionists (BIs). In addition, there are excellent resources available from the BC Government that can be used before or at diagnosis as well as information to explain how autism funding works.
ABA Program teaching methods:
Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is a science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behaviour. ABA strives to make meaningful changes in children’s lives.
REACH ABA is a skill building program that uses the principles of ABA to teach functional skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. We use discreet trial training (DDT) and natural teaching strategies (NTS) along with systematic prompting and reinforcement procedures.
We are a family centered program that provides individualized services that are customized to the needs of each child and family. Families are the key decision makers in establishing priorities for intervention and the ABA team provides education and training to assist families in creating a supportive environment for their children to learn and develop. All behaviour consultants, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists are listed on the Registry Of Autism Service Providers (RASP)
2 Options for Families:
The Reach ABA program provides services to children in Delta, Surrey and parts of Langley.
Centre-Based ABA Program
Children receive 30-40 hours of one-to-one intervention each month at a Reach centre. The team consists of a behaviour consultant, a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, an associate behaviour consultant and a behaviour interventionist. Program materials are provided. The Reach centres are located in Ladner, North Delta and Fleetwood. Intervention is 3-4 days per week, 9:00-11:30 or 12:00-2:30 or 2:45-5:15.
Home-Based ABA Program
Children receive 24 hours of one-to-one intervention each month in their own home or daycare. The team consists of a behaviour consultant, an associate behaviour consultant, and a behaviour interventionist. Families can add a Reach speech-language pathologist and/or occupational therapist to their team and additional behaviour interventionist hours. Program materials are provided.
REACH is committed to provide accessible services. To ensure fair access to our ABA Program we have outlined our entry, transition and exit criteria for you below.
Anyone may refer a child on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for services as long as the legal guardian has given verbal or written permission. Children need to:
- have a diagnosis of ASD
- have access to Autism funding through the Ministry of Children and Family Development
- be younger than 5.0 years old.
Children moving to another province need to transition to a service provider in that province. Autism services differ in each province and territory.
Children may also transition to another service provider if they move out of the Delta, Surrey or Langley area if this is more convenient for the family.
Children will be discharged at the end of the month of their 6th birthday.